A perfectly paced performance from Adam Stokes - first man in 2:42:13, and a 'gun to tape' success for Sally Ford (3:17:39) were just two of the highlights of a record-breaking Kent Roadrunner Marathon 2014.
A warm sunny day was the backdrop to a record number of participants and a superbly-organised event that included personalised race numbers, free photos, inspirationally designed medals and t-shirts as well as free showers, WIFI and a brilliant onsite café.
Another speciality of this event is the showboating competition – rewarding runners for some outlandish jumping, leaping and dancing during the race. This year runners were competing to win a trip to the Frankfurt Marathon courtesy of 2:09 Events.
Now in its third year, Kent Roadrunner Marathon has an unusual format - 17 laps of the sooth tarmac racing circuit at the Cyclopark in Gravesend, Kent - something that 355 people successfully did on Saturday (31 May).
Adam Holland, following on from his recent victory in Brathay 10 in 10, led the runners around the course, with Adam Stokes and Simon Sikora hot on his heels. Adam Stokes' well-judged effort saw him cross the finish line first - a PB of 2:42:13, and a new course record. Simon Sikora (2:47:21) was second with Adam Holland securing the final podium position (2:48:09). Runners throughout the field were complimented by the leaders for the encouragement and support they offered their fellow runners as he lapped them.
In the ladies’ race Sally Ford led the race from start to finish and looked comfortable as she negotiated each lap. She crossed the line in 3:17:39 followed by Helen James (3:25:59) and Rebecca Bryant (3:36:21).
Kent Roadrunner Marathon was supported by CLIF Bar, SOUTHERN RUNNING GUIDE and Scott Sports. The event was organised by tzruns, formed by Ian J Berry and Sandra Bowers with over 200 marathons experience. tzruns events are noted for slick organisation and a fun experience. The 2015 Kent Roadrunner Marathon is already open for entries at the event website.
Images courtesy tzruns & Stuart March Photography.